Off-base festivities

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 7, 2011


CLIMBING MOUNT FUJI (Yamanashi prefecture): through Aug 31; Japan’s highest and most famous peak, at 12,388 feet, is open for the climbing season; getting there: buses take climbers to the fifth station, and trip takes six hours up and five down; Keio buses run from the west exit of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo at 7:45, 8:45 & 9:40 a.m. and 4:50, 5:50 & 7:30 p.m., 03-5376-2217/0555-72-5111; 2,600 yen; Kawaguchiko Town Hall, 0555-72-1111.

GRAND SUMO TOURNAMENT – JULY BASHO (Nagoya): Through July 24; previous Tokyo May Basho-winner, grand champion Hakuhoryu will try for a consecutive win; Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, five-minute walk from Exit No. 7 of Shiyakusho on subway Meijyo Line; 0520221-0738; www.event.chunichi.co.jp/sumo/.

PRINCE ICE WORLD 2011 TOKYO: July 15-18; Olympic figure skating gold medalists Shizuka Arakawa, Junko Yaginuma, Kanako Murakami, Nobmunari Oda, Takahiko Ozuka and more; DyDo Drink Ice Arena, Higashi Fushimi Station on Seibu Shinjuku Line; 8,000-11,000-15,000 yen adults, 2,500-4,000 yen children; 04-2922-8181; www.princehotels.co.jp/iceshow/  (Japanese only).

SANKEIEN GARDEN – VIEWING (YOKOHAMA): Through Aug. 7, 6 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends & holidays; the best time for viewing Lotus flowers is 7 a.m.; 500 yen; a 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Station; 045-621-0634/5; www.sankeien.or.jp.

WORLD PRESS PHOTO EXHIBITION 2011 (Tokyo): ends Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thu. & Fri., closed Mon.); 160 photos from photographers around the world; at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photograph; 10-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station; 700 yen adults, 600 yen college students, 400 yen children; 03-3280-0099.

THE DINOSAURS EXPO AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE (Tokyo): ends Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed July 11, Sept. 5, 12, 20 & 26); this exhibition, which includes a full-scale Tyrannosuarus and Triceratops duel, is aimed for children; 1,500 yen adults, 600 yen children; five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 03-5777-8600; www.kahaku.go.jp/english/.

CORMORANT FISHING (Gifu prefecture): ends Oct. 15; cormorant fishing on Nagara River is a famous type of traditional fishing in Japan. More than 40 sightseeing ships are set on Nagara at 6:15, 6:45 & 7:15 p.m., to observe usho (cormorant fishermen) catch sweetfish using trained cormorants. Boat fare is 3,000-3,300 yen/person; Nagara River Cormorant Fishing Boat Reservations 058-262-0104; www.kankou-gifu.jp/en/ukai/index.html. Other places to observe cormorant fishing are Uji River in Kyoto (0774-23-3334), Katsura River in Kyoto (075-861-0302), Kiso River in Inuyama city, Aichi prefecture (0568-61-0057), Hiji River in Oozu, Ehime prefecture (0893-24-2664), and Nishiki River in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture; 0827-41-0470 or www.ukai-iwakuni.com/.

FANTASMIC (Chiba prefecture): open-ended run; night-time show, featuring 27 animation characters such as Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and others, filled with special effects using water and fire, on Mediterranean Harbor; Tokyo DisneySea, three-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; one-day passport adults 6,200 yen, discount passport after 3 p.m. entry adults 4,900 yen; Tokyo Disney Resort Information 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/en/tds/index.html.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL “ZED” (Chiba prefecture): Open-ended run; show is a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment; 7,500-9,500-12,500-15,000 yen; 0473-55-9621; www.zed.co.jp/home_en.php.

BLUE MAN GROUP (Tokyo): open-ended run; New York-based avant-garde artists; Invoice Theatre, five-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line and Azabu Jyuban Station on Nanpoku Line; 7,500-8,500 yen; 03-5414-3255; www.blueman.jp.

MEIJI JINGU ICE SKATING (Tokyo): year-round, noon-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends; adults1,300 yen/day, children 900 yen/day and after 3 p.m., adults 1,000 yen and children 700 yen and 500 yen for shoe rental; Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku-ku, one-minute walk from Kokuritsu Kyogijyo on subway Oedo Line or five-minute walk from JR Shinanomachi Station on Sobu Line; 03-3403-3458; www.meijijingugaien.jp/english/ice-skating.html.


A GLIMPSE AT THE LIFE OF THE JOSEON PERIOD (Seoul): through July 30; Ewha Woman’s University Museum; free; 02-3277-3152.

MUSICAL “GREASE” (Seoul): open-ended run, 8 p.m., Mon., Wed.-Fri., 3 & 7 p.m., Sat., 2 & 6 p.m., Sun. and holidays, Dongsoong Art Center; 40,000-60,000 won; 1588-5212; www.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=268128 .

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Experience nature in lavender fields along the Lake Kawaguchi silhouetted in the foot of Mount Fuji at the Lake Kawaguchi Herb Festival. Also, July 1 through Aug. 31, you can climb Mount Fuji.


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